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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Colorful Country Sayings

This is a collation of various posts I have made including different sayings that hubby has told me. I was going to make it a little better, but I got tired of messing with it. I am going to post it over to the side under Amusing Posts from the Past and update it from there as hubby thinks of more.



Colorful Sayings

* He's going to fly high and light low. (To be said of someone who's on a spending spree-he's flying high with his money now, but he'll light low eventually when it's gone.)

* He's got the wrong sow by the ear. (To have made a mistake, as in: we got a call yesterday from someone who was wanting to know why hubby hadn't shown up with his skid-loader to help her out...well, she had called the wrong number.)

* He's got to lick that calf over. (To have done a poor job at something and have to do it over again.)


Then there are the "poor" sayings. Here in the Ozarks to be "poor" also means to be thin, or skinny. That's what most of these are referring to.

* Poor as a snake.

* Poor as owl poop.

* So poor you could do your washing on his ribs.

* So poor you could hang your hat on his hip bone.

* He looks like the tail-end of hard times.




Weather Related Sayings:

* Raining pitchforks with saw logs for handles.

* Raining like water pouring from a boot.

* Raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock.

* It’s a real toad strangler out there.

* Snowflakes coming down like cats a’fighting.



On being stingy:

* Tight as bark on a tree.

* So tight his hind end (or change to your choice of expletive) would hold coal oil (kerosene, I believe).



Chickens are common in the country, thus sayings abound in reference to them:

* Scarce as hen’s teeth.

* That beats a hen pecking with a sore bill.

* I’d as soon do without the eggs as to hear him/her cackle. (Said of someone of whom there are more drawbacks than benefits to his company.)

* Like a hen after a June bug.

* I'd go scratch (insert expletive-if you are of that bent) with the chickens before I went back to that job.

*Why, he couldn't afford a setting hen. (Something you say about someone who brags about how much they have or what all they are going to do with their money.)

Here are a few other miscellaneous sayings:

* Talk’s cheap; it takes money to buy whiskey.

* To “crawfish” out of a situation.

* Too much sugar for a cent.

* Let the hide go with the tallow.

* Thick as hair on a dog’s back.

* Fat as a tick.

* So sour it'd make a pig squeal.

* It'd stink a dog off a gut wagon.

*So spoiled that salt wouldn't save her. (About kids in general.)

* It’s like shearing a sow; a whole lot of noise and not much wool

* Salting the cow to get the calf

*Charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it.

*As wide between the eyes as a gnat. (About lack of intelligence.)

*Taking the rag off the bush. (When a kid throws a huge fit.)

(Originally published on this site 11-12-08 10:19 am  Edited: 012615 3:13 pm

* Won't let her shirttail hit her butt 'til s/he's found someone to tell it to  (spoken of a gossiper)

5 comments:

Solomon said...

I love He looks like the tail-end of hard times. but what is a "toad strangler"?

Donna said...

I enjoyed these. Most of them are new to me, and I've heard a lot of sayings. One my dad used to use when a task got more difficult than expected: "That makes the cheese more binding."

Of course, I'll bet you've heard this one: "Black as old Coalie's A$$". Which means very black indeed.

Calfkeeper said...

solomon-a toad strangler is otherwise known as a gully washer. Ha. It's a heavy rain.

donna-no, I had never heard of either of those sayings. interesting.

Julie said...

Some of these are great, and a couple..."he's got to lick that calf over" makes me feel like I have a hair in my mouth, you know? It's just such a ucky idea. I guess because I am not a mama cow.

Calfkeeper said...

julie-yep, but the grosser the saying the more it gets the idea across, don't you think?